KILLADELPHIA: Mother Killed In Hit On The Father

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: At a news conference today at Philadelphia Police Headquarters, authorities released new information about a triple shooting this morning on the 3300 block of Mutter Street in Hunting Park that left a 19-year-old woman dead and her husband and young son seriously injured. The injured boy is a 5-year-old who was shot twice, police said. There was another child, 2, inside the house when the gunfire erupted, but that toddler was not injured. Two assailants entered the rowhouse through the basement. They found the four members of the family – a 20-year-old father, 19-year-old mother, and the two young children — asleep in the same bed.  The father was the intended target. The gunmen shot him seven times. He escaped out a window, leaving his family behind. He was ultimately taken to Temple University Hospital. The two assailants escaped in a Crown Victoria. MORE

Man Plunges To Death From Top Of Loews Hotel

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: At noon, employees of the Medical Examiner’s Office finally removed from the sidewalk the body of a man who had jumped from the top of Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Market Street in Center City. The man’s body lay on the sidewalk on 12th Street just south of Market for two hours, drawing a crowd of several hundred onlookers. The apparent suicide victim was a heavy set white male, dressed in sweat pants, white socks, sneakers, a blue shirt and a jacket.  Police were called to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel shortly before 10 a.m. after the man plunged from the 33rd floor. A spokesman for Loews did not know if the man was a guest or a hotel worker. Passersby were horrified. Mary Frame, 49, was walking north on 12th Street as the man fell. “I saw something coming down,” said Frame. “And man, he hit the ground. You could hear it a block away.”  MORE

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